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Penn Foundation to Host Community-Wide Suicide Prevention Program Featuring Leading Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Michael Bradley

Penn Foundation invites the community to participate in a community-wide suicide prevention program – “Building Resilient Men and Women…One Child at a Time.” The event will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, September 22 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Bradley, a clinical psychologist, award-winning author, and leading expert on adolescent behavior.

“In the midst of a global pandemic, the need for mental health services for children and adolescents has never been greater, says Deb Ryan, Director of Community Outreach. “These age groups are especially vulnerable as the routine of their day-to-day lives is shattered, and just like their parents, they are struggling with feelings of isolation, loss, uncertainty, and fear. We are excited to bring this educational event to our community during this critical time as our young people adapt to a new and completely different school experience and stress levels rise.”

Although it is too early to understand the mental health impacts of COVID-19, Penn Foundation shared that children and adolescents were experiencing a significant rise in anxiety and depression even before the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2007-2017 (the latest year data is available), there was a 56% increase in the rate of suicide among 10-24 year olds. In 2017, 1-in-8 youth experienced a major depressive episode. COVID has only exacerbated these feelings.

Physicians, parents, grandparents, teachers, faith-based leaders, and other members of the community who work with children and adolescents can benefit by participating in this free event. To register for the Zoom webinar, visit https://tinyurl.com/drbradleyevent. Attendees will receive a FREE copy of Dr. Bradley’s award-winning bookThe Heart & Soul of the Next Generation (while supplies last).

About Dr. Michael Bradley
Dr. Bradley charms audiences with his wit, wisdom, compassion, and humility, drawing on the experiences gained in his 30-year career. He is equally popular with students, parents, teachers, counselors and physicians for his real-world advice, strategies, and methods to help us all transform our relationships with teens. He will share his expertise, answer questions, and help us learn how to be compassionate and nurturing caregivers so our children can thrive!